Céad Mile Fáilte – One hundred thousand welcomes to you – and thanks for stopping by Flourish & Knot today! Today is a departure from my usual DIY topics: I’m writing about my other great passion, Celtic & Irish music. In honour of Ireland’s BIG DAY on March 17th, I’ve rounded up my favourite traditional Irish & Celtic bands for St. Patrick’s Day.
I don’t often write about music here on Flourish & Knot. My day job (when I’m not on maternity leave, that is), is as a musician and music teacher, so I like my blog to be a completely separate escape. I wrote a bit about my experiences teaching choral music in India, and I blogged about why singing in a choir is THE BEST, but I really tend to keep things to the DIY realm here. I thought long and hard about what to do in the way of a St. Patrick’s Day post, and I just felt like I wasn’t being true to my Celtic heritage: I needed to write about Irish music.
Irish music is a staple – obviously – of St. Patrick’s Day, and I used to play SO MANY GIGS at this time of year; but it always made me a little sad that people were more interested in hearing the same old same old “St. Paddy’s Day” tunes and songs (‘Black Velvet Band’, I’m looking at you!) and not the actually traditional music! Traditional Irish music is SO wonderful and emotive, and I really hope that I can give you some alternatives to the usual pub-fare tunes. Bodhrans, tin whistles, and dancing shoes at the ready… Here we go!
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